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Exercise: Fire!

These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/).

Exercise: Fire!

Prepared by: Carter Jefferson
Posted on: April 8, 2007
Reposted on: July 6, 2008
Reposted on: December 6, 2009
Reposted on: September 14, 2014
Reposted on: September 20, 2015
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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create the first scene of a story, novel, or creative
non-fiction essay. Let fire play a significant part in that opening, and show its effect
on the characters.

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Fire can keep us warm or force us out into the cold. It can light a birthday candle or
ignite a fuse, illuminate the pages of a book or destroy a library. Like an unruly
servant, it can be enormously helpful or bring on disaster. It's been so important
through the ages that it used to be considered one of the four elements of which the
entire cosmos consists.

Great fires like the ones in London in 1666, Chicago in 1871, and Boston in 1872
have influenced history. Authors as different as Shirley Hazzard, Patricia Cornwell,
and Nora Roberts have used fire, metaphoric or real, as backdrops for best-selling
novels. In this exercise, you must light a fire, or discover one, and show how it affects
your characters.

Your scene will be an opening; make sure it will leave readers anxious to know what
happens next in your creation.

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create the first scene of a story, novel, or creative
non-fiction essay. Let fire play a significant part in that opening, and show its effect
on the characters.

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In your critiques, consider whether the writer has used fire effectively in the scene.
Can you see how it affects the characters? Does the writer show, or tell? Would you
read further to see how the story develops? Consider all aspects of the writing.



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